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The Washington Capitals announced on Friday morning that they have recalled defenseman Christian Djoos up from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. He played the last two games for Hershey on a conditioning stint after he missed 23 straight games recovering from thigh surgery, which he underwent on December 14.
Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from the Hershey Bears. https://t.co/JvQ1cITOUb
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 8, 2019
Before he got injured, the 24-year old Swede tallied four assists and a +6 rating in 28 games this season. He will likely return tomorrow night when the Capitals host the Florida Panthers at Capital One Arena (7 PM on NBC Sports Washington). Djoos will likely play in his regular spot next to defenseman Brooks Orpik on the third defensive pair.
To make room for Djoos, the Capitals will likely have to send one of defensemen Madison Bowey or Jonas Seigenthaler to Hershey. In order to send Bowey down to Hershey, he would have to clear waivers first.
The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from the Hershey Bears (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Djoos was previously assigned to Hershey on a long-term conditioning assignment on Feb. 3.
Djoos, 24, played in 28 games this season, recording four assists, before sustaining an injury on Dec. 11 versus the Detroit Red Wings. In two games with Hershey, during his long-term conditioning assignment, Djoos registered two penalty minutes.
The Gothenburg, Sweden, native registered 14 points (3g, 11a) in 63 games in his rookie season last year. Djoos, who recorded a goal and an assist in his first career game on Oct. 11, 2017 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, became the first defenseman in franchise history to record two points in his NHL debut. The 6’0″, 180-pound defenseman led all Capitals defensemen last year with a 51.79 on-ice shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (838 on-ice shot attempts for, 780 against). Additionally, Djoos added an assist in 22 games during the playoffs en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. In 91 NHL games, Djoos has recorded 18 points (3g, 15a).
Djoos was selected by the Capitals in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. Djoos has represented Sweden at two IIHF World Junior Championships (2013, 2014) and one IIHF U18 World Championship (2012), capturing a silver medal at each tournament. Christian Djoos is the son of former NHL defenseman Par Djoos, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.
By Harrison Brown